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Redster



Joined: 03 Nov 2007
Posts: 3
Location: England

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 12:22 am    Post subject: Another UK n00b

Hey there. I'm Red, currently living in Lincolnshire in the UK, in one of the parts in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do. So, to cheer myself up, I thought I'd try playing with colourful balls, and have a go at contact juggling because it looks pretty blimmin' amazing.

I'm really interested in trying out multiball, but I'm getting a little confused with what balls I need to get exactly. I know it's not safe for me to use acrylics right now (mainly for the poor acrylics, my monitors, TV, windows, cats, random sheep, etc), and looking at various juggling sites I can't tell which of the practice balls would be okay, and which would be too grippy for multiball. I picked up a stage ball for playing around with one ball, and I can tell that's going to be way too grippy for multi. So, if I were to order some balls for multiball from, say, firetoys.co.uk (or any other suitable site, I'm not picky so long as postage to the UK isn't a killer), what kind should I get? Sadly, online is my only option right now, because of the middle of nowhere thing (sheep just don't cut it as decent transport). Any and all advice gratefully accepted, thank you.

Now, I am off to stare longingly at my stage ball. The cats will murder me if I start playing with it because they've already been scared to death by the bonfire night fireworks, poor things.
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Spazzle



Joined: 21 Oct 2007
Posts: 56
Location: Sunny UK

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 12:43 am    Post subject:

Hi Red welcome to the forum!

I think i may be able to help with some of those questions. Im a newbie too and went about CJ the same way - started with one ball then took an interest in multiball but had no idea where to start! well i asked a lot of questions and with some guidance from fellow forum members ive just ordered 4x70mm acrylics and Drews book Multiball Contact from firetoys. Broken down the advice was buy at least 4 balls to get started with multiball to get the most out of it, have a look at this link to work out what size balls are best for you: http://www.ministryofmanipulation.com/Book/Multiballsizechart_appendix2.pdf and Drews book is a must have for anyone learning multiball or CJ in general. As for what type of balls I may be wrong but as i understand it its ok to start out with acrylics or metal balls, im not sure there are any recommended practice balls because of the friction issue you mentioned.

Hope this helps
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Redster



Joined: 03 Nov 2007
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Location: England

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 1:12 am    Post subject:

Thanks, Spazzle, that's very helpful. I'm getting the impression that multiball is a much more expensive hobby than the single ball variety of CJ. Plus, there's the fact that I'm like a magpie when it comes to shiny things, and acrylic balls look very shiny indeed... this could be a very slippery slope I'm about to start on.
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munkie



Joined: 31 Oct 2007
Posts: 22
Location: SE England

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:29 am    Post subject:

Hello redster, im new here too. im sure you'll love it here, everyones been really friendly and helpful to me since i joined. love this plac already
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Elsie Dee
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Joined: 24 May 2005
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Location: London

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:19 am    Post subject:

Hello Redster, welcome to dotorg!

Heh, loads of new UK people joining, we must have a CJ convention soon..

Tea? Coffee? Biscuits?
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munkie



Joined: 31 Oct 2007
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Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:04 am    Post subject:

sounds good to me
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Redster



Joined: 03 Nov 2007
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Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:58 pm    Post subject:

Thanks for the welcome - you all seem so friendly.
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